Tag Archives: nuts
Posted on September 12th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Rice and Nut Salad

Pumpkin seeds are one of the best overall nuts/seeds to supplement the diet, according to nutritionist John Bagnulo, MPH, PhD, a Kripalu presenter. They’re a great source of magnesium and an excellent source of other minerals, such as zinc. And they add crunch and flavor to this week’s Kripalu Recipe! Serves two. 2 cups cooked […]

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Posted on April 18th, 2014 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Maple-Walnut Scones

This scone recipe is from our recipe book Kripalu Breakfast: Savory and Sweet. These scones are a delicious vegan treat that will satisfy omnivores as well. And they offer benefits beyond taste, since they include nutrient-dense ingredients like walnuts, soy, and rolled oats. Makes 12 scones. 1 cup cold non-hydrogenated shortening ¼ cup soy or […]

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Posted on March 7th, 2014 by in Ayurveda, Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Almond Date Balls

An important component to any celebration is the inclusion of a little something sweet, created with loving intention. In the Kripalu tradition back in the day, that little post-celebration sweet was often a small ball of dried fruit and nuts rolled in coconut or more nuts. In the Indian tradition, when food is offered as […]

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Posted on September 6th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Raw Chocolate Granola

September—the beginning of fall and the new school year—always signals new beginnings, so this week our Kripalu Recipe offers a healthy breakfast item to start your day. Raw chocolate granola—think Cocoa Puffs gone wildly healthy and natural—is not only a great breakfast cereal but is also wonderful as an afternoon snack or stirred into organic […]

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Posted on May 3rd, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipes: Vegan Carrot-Cashew Spread

Most of us have heard that eating carrots will improve our night vision, but what’s the real story on carrots? Besides their sweet taste, carrots contain large amounts of beta-carotene, which provides the distinctive orange color and helps the body create vitamin A. Vitamin A helps maintain healthy vision, especially night vision, and boosts the […]

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Posted on March 1st, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition

A Vegan, Gluten-Free Breakfast with Quinoa

Beginnings are so important—and what better way to start the day than with a breakfast that fuels your vitality? This week, we offer you a vegan, gluten-free breakfast option. Combine it with a warm herbal, white, or green tea, and breathe and relax into the new day. Here’s what Kripalu faculty member John Bagnulo has […]

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Posted on February 22nd, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Vegan Pecan Bars

Sometimes a dessert calls your name loudly and clearly—maybe it’s about when you eat it (at a celebration or when you’re in an especially good mood) or maybe it’s just that perfect mixture of sweetness and texture. For some of our guests, the magic combination of ingredients in our Vegan Pecan Bars elicited that kind […]

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Posted on November 30th, 2012 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Food and Mood

Did you know that your brain is a reflection of the nutrients it receives from
 the biochemical information (food) you feed it? Your brain needs nourishment and whether you are upbeat or feeling blue is strongly influenced by how your “second brain” (your digestive tract) digests and absorbs the “information” you are eating. Thus, your mood is a mirror not only of what you eat but also how you digest!

Here are five quick nutrition tips to boost your mood and lift your spirit:

1. Nourish your “mood-cell membranes” with healthy fats such as avocado, wild fatty fish (sardines, wild salmon, or black cod), nuts, seeds, olives, coconut, and smart oils like extra-virgin olive oil.

2. “B-happy” by including whole foods such as beans, dark, leafy green vegetables, and whole grains rich in B-vitamins in your diet.

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